December is National Safe Toys and Gifts Month

Published: December 19, 2019

Each year December is observed as National Safe Toys and Gifts Month. 
Here are some safety tips to keep in mind this holiday season and year round:

  • Child-age toys: Choose toys appropriate for your child's age, interests and skill level. 

  • Toys with small parts: For children younger than three, avoid toys with small parts, which can cause choking. Use the cardboard core of a toilet paper roll to test for size – if a toy can pass through, it is too small for young children and may cause them to choke if swallowed.

  • Toys with sharp edges: Avoid toys with sharp points or edges. Also avoid toys that produce loud noises, and projectiles (such as darts).

  • Strings, straps or cords: Toys with strings, straps or cords longer than 7 inches can pose a risk for strangulation for young children.

  • Electrical toys: Avoid electrical toys with heating elements for children under age 8.

  • Check labels: Check for safety labels that say whether or not a toy is toxic.

  • Scooters and other riding toys: Riding toys, skateboards and in-line skates go fast, and falls could be deadly. Helmets and safety gear should be worn properly at all times and they should be sized to fit.

  • Balloons: Choking causes one third of all toy-related deaths - most often from balloons. Keep deflated balloons away from children younger than eight years old. Discard broken balloons immediately.

Perhaps the most important thing a parent can do is to supervise play. 

For additional information about safe toys, visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website.

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